Work local, live local?

August 27, 2008

Nobody wants to live in Anderson, even Anderson government employees. So the city wants to require new hires to live in town, and even ask the General Assembly to remove the state-mandated exemption for police and firefighters. But what about those pesky private companies?

Many Anderson private businesses also are not doing their part in making sure they hire locally, council members said.

“We sold our soul to Nestlé, and we’re not getting our bang for our buck,” Councilman Rodney Chamberlain said.

Many employees and executives from Anderson’s new Nestlé plant will live in high-income areas like Fishers, council members said.

Board of Public Works Chairman Greg Graham questioned whether it would be wise for Anderson to make new businesses hire locally as a condition of their incentive package.

Oh, yeah, that’ll make Anderson really attractive to a prospective employer.

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3 Responses to “Work local, live local?”

  1. gadfly Says:

    “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”

    ~Ronald Reagan

  2. Harl Delos Says:

    No disrespect intended to Dutch, but there are other groups of nine words that deserve consideration.

    Equally terrifying would be “The ’60 Minutes’ team is waiting outside for you.”

    And the nine most terrifying words in the English language are voiced over the PA system in an airliner: “The Captain will make an announcement in a moment”


  3. Thanks Harl.

    Somehow I know that we both know that the germane part of the quote had to do with the government bureaucrat.


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